Foundation Appeals Ruling

Posted on July 24, 2018

We have two important topics to share.

First, as we reported last month Thurston County Superior Court Judge Murphy ruled that our foundation, and other appellants, lacked “standing” to oppose the city of Olympia’s approval of the Views on 5th project that aims to convert the “mistake on the lake” to an apartment building. We did not even get the chance to present our arguments and concerns to the Superior Court. We were denied our day in court as a matter of procedure.

After careful consideration, our foundation decided, along with other partners, to ask for a review of Judge Murphy’s ruling by a higher court. On July 20th we filed a request for an expedited review with the Washington Supreme Court. We believe that basic fairness and valid public interest concerns should allow our suit to be heard in the Superior Court. It is important to understand that we are not asking the Supreme Court to rule on the merits of our suit, but only to instruct the lower court to give us a fair hearing. We asked for this review on an expedited basis to get the dispute resolved as soon as possible. Please use this link to read our filing.

Second, the city of Olympia will dedicate the new park on the west portion on the isthmus on Thursday, July 26th at 4pm. Our foundation played an important part in the creation of this park by obtaining a $600,000 grant from the Thurston Futures program and providing $100,000 in private donations. The new park will be the location of the exciting Oly Skates seasonal ice skating rink, scheduled to open after Thanksgiving. We extend our congratulations to the city council and the Parks, Arts and Recreation Department for their good work in making this great civic improvement a reality.